The World is Moving Forward – The US Is Distracted…

For those of you who follow me, you know NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman is one of my favorite writers.  I learn a lot from him.  In his November  28, 2017 column:, “Forget Trump and Discover the World“,  he demonstrates how other countries are making big strides in creating a better tomorrow by moving forward.  For instance, India is developing its digital 21st century economy and we are missing it.  He points out how India is also building a new renewable energy power grid without any US technology.

Oh, and by the way, for those of you who want to preserve coal jobs, this 800-megawatt solar farm “was built with over 5,000 skilled and semiskilled workers,” said Kolli. “We believe the renewable energy sector will create over one million new generation jobs to meet the 175-gigawatt target set by Prime Minister Modi.”

Greenko builds these plants, he added, “in five months using Chinese panels and European inverter-grid integration technologies made in India.” (Notice the absence of U.S. technology in that loop.) Greenko is also making huge strides in battery technology to store solar energy, so it can be used when the sun is not shining, and the company is now in the midst of building the first grid-connected battery storage system integrated with its solar farms.

For me his points are captured in his last paragraph.

So while we’ve been following Trump’s tweets about bringing back “beautiful coal,” India built a billion-user ID network bigger than Twitter and giant solar power plants that are cheaper than coal.

Isn’t interesting how we are focused on how to recapture the past and the rest of the world has focused developing a better tomorrow.  Creating a better tomorrow has been the focus of all my work.  That better tomorrow is an idealized outcome we must imagine and then create.  For our desired future to be realized, the necessary precursors, such as a clean energy power grid and an organization of digital information technology must be in place.

A way to make this happen is …

Practice Paneugenesis using this 4 Step to Process

  1. Determine Desired Idealized Outcome
  2. Develop Necessary Precursors to make Desired Outcome Possible
  3. Optimize the Process to Develop Skills and abilities that  Precursors possible, and
  4. Plot Progress to document, demonstrate, and celebrate Improvement

The world is moving forward toward a better tomorrow.  It seems our distractions are causing the US to be left behind.

We can move forward and contribute toward creating a better tomorrow.  The first necessary step is to look past what is wrong and imagine what could be, that idealized outcome.  We then must roll up our sleeves and work hard toward creating it.  As I have documented, moving forward to create more positives, effectively eliminates, makes irrelevant and or effectively prevents problems. In this way, even if problems aren’t a problem, we all get to enjoy the better tomorrow developed.

I look forward to hearing about the progress you make in generating comprehensive improvements by practicing pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic acts by practicing paneugenesis.  This means you are creating all good so everyone and everything benefits!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

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Improve when Predict, Observe, Get Feedback, and Adjust

This is what we do, all the time.  We decide what to do by “predicting” that what we do will accomplish our hoped for objective.  Subconsciously or consciously we predict going to the grocery store will give us food.  Going on a walk will help us feel more relaxed.  Exercising will make us more fit.  etc….

I am doing research in this area, that is encouraging behaviors related to improved outcomes. As I have gotten further along I realize I am getting lost in the weeds.  I read an article about Neural Networks, and despite its seemingly complex topic, it snapped me back into reality. The article compared and contrasted how brains and computers determine the best choice.  It explained:

…For a neural network to learn, there has to be an element of feedback involved—just as children learn by being told what they’re doing right or wrong. In fact, we all use feedback, all the time. Think back to when you first learned to play a game like ten-pin bowling. As you picked up the heavy ball and rolled it down the alley, your brain watched how quickly the ball moved and the line it followed, and noted how close you came to knocking down the skittles. Next time it was your turn, you remembered what you’d done wrong before, modified your movements accordingly, and hopefully threw the ball a bit better. So you used feedback to compare the outcome you wanted with what actually happened, figured out the difference between the two, and used that to change what you did next time (“I need to throw it harder,” “I need to roll slightly more to the left,” “I need to let go later,” and so on). The bigger the difference between the intended and actual outcome, the more radically you would have altered your moves…

In other words, we learn from feedback obtained by comparing what we thought would happen, our prediction, to what did happen, our observation.  A vital component of this process is to make sure we observe relevant events of the multitude of possible areas of interest possible to observe so the feedback we gain helps and is relevant.  It also appears vital to use monitoring of observations or those views to improve accuracy, but still are likely to be tainted by bias.

Observations become bias and get skewed because they can be jarring if things did not turn out as desired and we believe improvement is difficult or unlikely.  We must understand, learning always happens, for good or bad, and things continue to change.  This means it is vital to keep our eye on where we want to go and learn, that is develop, the best way to reach our idealized outcome.  As noted, keeping our aim constant is important.

As I have noted in previous posts, this is a paneugenesis process of continuous and never ending improvement.  In this process, it is vital to FIRST identify the Idealized Outcome.  What is the desired outcome or desired aim?  With Paneugenesis, the aim is to generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.  In other words, the goal is not for just individual gain, though that is a consequence, but for systematic gains so everyone and everything benefits.

Developing these beneficial interactions will require the use of predictions and observations to get feedback so we will know how to improve.  As noted, observations need to be accurate, or the feedback will not be as helpful as it could be.  My research is focused on how to use technology to enable us to get quick, accurate, personal, objective feedback and how this can facilitate an improved adjustment process to facilitate better outcomes.  These techniques have proven to be highly successful when used  for Statistical Process Control or SPC in the manufacturing process.

Getting the feedback however is only part of the process.  We then must use that feedback to educate ourselves about how to alter or adjust our efforts.  As noted, this can be hard if we are unsure we can improve or don’t know how to improve.  Adaptations or adjustments to the process, however, are the only way to continually improve and make progress.  As quality management guru W. Edwards Deming proclaimed, “Continually improve the process and the product will take care of itself.”  By the way, Deming called this a PDSA or Plan Do Study Act process.

Plotting or noting progress is also vital because noting or recognizing progress, a positive outcome, makes it more likely we will again engage in the paneugenesis process to make more progress.  Progress generates the positive reinforcement of good feelings for oneself.  Improved outcomes in education would be better learning outcomes, or in business they could be better customer satisfaction, and or improved productivity. Positive outcomes produce good feelings of pride, accomplishment, achievement and or helpfulness which in turn inspire more improvement.

A way to make this happen is …

Practice Paneugenesis using this 4 Step to Process

  1. Determine Desired Idealized Outcome
  2. Develop Necessary Precursors to make Desired Outcome Possible
  3. Optimize the Process to Develop Skills and abilities that  Precursors possible, and
  4. Plot Progress to document, demonstrate, and celebrate Improvement

I look forward to hearing about the progress you make in generating comprehensive improvements by practicing selfish, selfless, synergistic act of paneugenesis.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

There are No Problems — Just Opportunities

There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.                                                  – William Shakespeare

If we want a better world, we should take action to make it so.  To make it so, Einstein suggested:

The world we have created is a product of our thinking; it cannot be changed without changing our thinking.  ~Albert Einstein

and…

“The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” –Albert Einstein

In other words, there are NO PROBLEMS – Just opportunities to improve…  Once again it is perspective.

Our perspective can change from how to find and fix problems to imagining what could be and how to make it so.  As Simon Sinek suggests…

Before we can build the world we want to live in, we have to imagine it. Greatness starts with a clear vision of the future.

and…

We have to dream. How else will we make a future that does not yet exist?

In other words, we must use our imagination to think about how to create better.  Marienne Chism describes the change as creating:

Creating is different from problem solving.  As long as therein a problem to focus on, we spend time and resources making new policies and fixing what is broken.  As long as there is a problem that has been fixed, there will emerge in its place yet another problem to be fixed.” – Marienne Chism from “No-Drama Leadership: How enlightened leaders transform the workplace”

Creativity is needed because:

Intelligence looks for what is known to solve problems. Creativity looks for what is unknown to discover possibilities. – Simon Sinek

Bad things happen that need to be fixed, however we should always work to create more good. An example of how they are doing both  in Vermont is in the video, enjoy!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Wise Words from Comedian!

In Don Ardell’s 762nd Ardell Wellness Reports he shared a 6:42 minutes link to Tim Minchin’s excellent commencement speech.  This clip shares what I found to be 9 Insightful Life Lessons.  I hope you it also, enjoy!

Make it a great week!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

Health Knowledge Never Changes

For some reason, I often incorrectly hear, “Information about health always changes.”  This is completely FALSE.  Health is not a problem to be fixed but an opportunity to enjoy.

What causes health, has been and always will be the same.  Information about causes and cures for disease may evolve as we learn more about what cause difficulties, and causes of health may enlarge, but things that are health causing stay health causing.

What causes health,which is defined by the World Health Organization as the “state of complete physical, mental and social, well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity” (WHO, 1948) does not and will not change.

Humans can become more healthy and not just less sick in many ways, such as:

  1. Physical: Exerting energy by being physically active so our heart, lungs and physical system grow stronger and work better.  Physical is also intimately related to our nutrition intake. Eating real food, not processed food, including animal based foods, causes us to be healthier. Physical well-being also has a secondary benefit, an improved immune function, thus better physical well-being is an effective way to prevent problems.
  2. Mental: Personal development, learning more, constantly challenging ourselves to learn and do more things increases mental well-being.  It also provides a path to help us develop purpose and meaning in life.  A purpose and meaning relates to emotional well-being which benefits physical, mental and social well-being.  All our states are interrelated and interdependent.
  3. Social: Creating connections to people and organizations and learning how to improve and share in the journey of our lives that facilitates our purpose and meaning enhances social well-being.

What makes or causes health, what is termed salutogenesis – the orgins of health, also effectively, as a secondary benefit, prevents problems.  If it is not enough to just prevent problems we must cause physical, mental and social well-being to happen.  There will always be uncertainty in life, enhancing our health provides us with the immediate benefit of feeling good for doing good, and it enables us or give us the ability to recover if something does happen.

For example, I was in a near fatal car accident in 1984 when I was 17.  At the time I had excellent physical, mental and social well-being.  Because I had previously caused health, I was able to recover and do what I do today.  If I had only been motivated to be healthy in case something bad would happen, it is unlikely I would be here today.

Cause health, as has always been the way, by making your physical, mental and social well-being the best it can be.  Doing so gives you a better today and tomorrow, and also protects you when life becomes difficult.

I look forward to hearing how you make today and tomorrow better by acting now!

Make it a great week!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

We are Not Being Selfish Enough

If we want to have a really good life, we need to be more selfish.  As one the greatest thinkers of our time, quality management guru W. Edwards Deming explains:

Besides, as Joey from Friends explains, nobody can be selfless:

Well it is not that we can’t be selfless, it is more that being selfless is being selfish.

Coincidentally, when we are selfish and selfless, we create synergy because we help others do and and be better which helps all of us have a better life.  Being selfish so we can be selfless makes synergy happen because we generate comprehensive improvements by creating pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.  If you read more of my posts you will see that this is what I refer to as the practice of paneugenesis.

Practice Paneugenesis to  cause all good by generating 
comprehensive improvements with pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

In other words, following this logic suggests we need to be more selfish so we get better world for all to enjoy. I look forward to learning about the great selfish, selfless, synergistic things you do.  If you want to know how, you can see examples at: My Sister Practiced Paneugenesis and Everything Benefitted!How Helping Refugees is Good for SocietyWhy We Should Help Everyone & Everything Benefit!Gender Equality is about Making Things Better, and Example of How to Practice Selfish Selfless Synergy or Paneugenesis.  Many more posts share ideas, I encourage you to explore. Besides it is what we were designed to do so we could Thrive and not just survive as explained at: Biology & Evolution Make Us Selfish, Selfless, & Synergistic.

In the recent article, The Health Scare That Changed Starbucks CEO’s Perspective On Work it explains how its actions are practicing paneugenesis by using selfish, selfless, synergy:

Referencing various Starbucks initiatives that aspire to have a positive impact on society, Safian asked Johnson whether the company was engaging in do-goodism for its own altruistic sake, or because it’s good for business. “It’s both,” Johnson replied. “And that’s a beautiful thing.”

Make it a great week!

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

 

Life is Probabilistic: Here is How to Improve Your Odds

We live in an uncertain world, nothing related to human behavior is certain.  Ironically, although we all seem to dread uncertainty  because it generates safety or comfort concerns, it is what is necessary for us to develop into who we want to be.  Besides, although we say people hate change, it is what people voluntarily choose on. a regular basis.  We choose to get married, go to school, get a job, change jobs, have kids etc. and these are all major changes we choose.

I often talk with my students about professional development.  I explain to them once they leave school, something they think they want, professional development is their responsibility.  After school, they will no longer get a syllabus each semester with an agenda about where to focus and what to learn.  After graduation they have to create their own plan.  I also emphasize that continuing to learn is not an option, it is a necessity due to the rate of information and knowledge expansion in today’s society.  The Human Capital Trends Report for 2014 by Deloitte Consulting and Bersin found “…knowledge doubles every year and skills have a half life of 2.5-5 years…” which confirms the need for constant development. (Chism, 2015)

  
  

Uncertainty is a part of life and people often choose to avoid uncertainty because it is the safest and is where people say they feel most comfortable.  Choosing this path, the one without uncertainty, also means there is little or no chance for growth and development.  This relates to school and class syllabi.  When students enter the class the plan for the class is outlined in the syllabus and this plan should push the student beyond what they know or their state current state of certainty.  If a class does not do this, it is unlikely they will learn anything new.

If new information is reframed or understood as confirmation of what is previously understood, nothing new can be learned.  It is for this reason, it is suggested we embrace uncertainty so new ways can be developed.  New ways are needed because as Nate Silver describes in “The Signal and the Noise: Why so many predictions fail  – but some don’t“, we live in a probabilistic world.  To improve our odds, we must find better ways.

How we choose to live our lives, our daily actions, represents how we attempt to make our prediction come true.  The prediction is how we see our future in our minds eye.  We can make accomplishment more likely, increase our chances of having the life we want if we understand desired outcomes are probabilistic. By probabilistic Silver explains that this means there is a percentage or probability an outcome will happen.  He also emphasizes that because of inherent uncertainty, that probability is never 100%.

Silver suggests we should understand that probability is an estimation.  If we embrace our predictions as uncertain, such as the prediction of the future we experience in our lives, we can continually improve that probability by adjusting our behaviors as we learn more.  Each day we learn more about ourselves and others.  As we learn more we should keep adjusting our actions, build new connections,  and increase our knowledge so that the probability or the likelihood of our predicted outcome has better odds.  Nate Silver says adjusting our probability of an event happening is using Baysian Thinking and is the best way to have an accurate prediction.

To help us better understand this idea, he uses each statement below to show how each successive statement provides a better picture of reality by incorporating more about what is learned.

From “The Signal and the Noise”

…Consider the following set of seven statements, which are related to the idea of the efficient market hypothesis and whether an individual investor can beat the stock market.  Each statement is an approximation, but each builds on the last one to become slightly more accurate.

  1. No investor can beat the stock market.
  2. No investor can beat the stock market over the long run.
  3. No investor can beat the stock market over the long run relative to his level of risk.
  4. No investor can beat the stock market over the long run relative to his level of risk and accounting for transaction costs.
  5. No investor can beat the stock market over the long run relative to his level of risk and accounting for transaction costs, unless he has inside information.
  6. Few investors beat the stock market over the long run relative to his level of risk and accounting for transaction costs, unless he has inside information.
  7. It is hard to tell how many investors beat the stock market over the long run, because the data is very noisy, but we know that most cannot relative their level of risk, since trading produces no net excess return but entails transaction costs, so unless you have inside information, you are probably better off investing in an index fund.

To use this to make your life better then, it is recommended that you keep updating your plans to generate comprehensive improvements by learning how you can better create pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits.

Therefore, the best way to improve your odds is to keep learning more as we also embrace uncertain times.  Read, learn, and continuously challenge your thoughts so you get information about how to improve your ideas by knowing how to update your plans.

Remember, as you work to create a better world for everyone and everything, we all thank you for your efforts.

Be Well’r,
Craig Becker

Be selfish, selfless, & synergistic so everyone and everything benefits!

If you want to contact me:
Email: BeWellr@gmail.com

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